ELLINGER, James Monroe Sr. L; "The Mayor of the Dining Room" at Waterstone senior housing in Wellesley, passed away at his residence on September 29, 2016. He was 86 years old.
Mr. Ellinger was born and raised in Masontown, PA, to the late Floyd and Mabel Ellinger. He was a 1948 graduate of Masontown High School and later attended Temple University in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Freemasons Lodge in Masontown.
In 1951 he married his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Bissell) Ellinger. They lived in Chelmsford, MA, for many years before retiring to San Diego, where she passed away in 2006.
He was an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, working at several locations during his career. Mr. Ellinger was a Korean Era Veteran, having served as a Sergeant with the Army Air Force, the US Air Force, and the US Air Force Reserve from 1948-1955.
He is survived by his sons, Jim Jr. and his wife Gina of Oak Harbor, WA, and Vernon and his wife Deborah of Wellesley Hills. He is also survived by his granddaughters Christie and Katie Ellinger, both of Boston. A "celebration of his life" party was held by family and friends at Waterstone at Wellesley. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2016.